Laurie Anderson, Artist-Musician

Laurie Anderson–the long-celebrated artist-musician who recently released the acclaimed album, “Homeland,” her first new collection in nearly a decade–discusses her lifelong love of dogs (she grew up in a large family, surrounded by a large number of animals); addresses the indomitable spirit of her elderly, frail rat terrier Lolabelle, noting that after going blind, the dog began taking piano lessons (Lolabelle plays piano on the “Homeland” track “Bodies In Motion”).

 

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She chronicles the genesis, evolution and performance of “Music For Dogs,” a piece originally intended to be aimed at the hearing range of dogs (this component ended up being de-emphasized) that Anderson premiered June 5 in Sydney, as part of the Vivid Live Festival, which she curated with her husband, Lou Reed; touches on “Homeland,” including the trenchant musical Op-Ed, “Only An Expert,” future projects, life with Lou, and more. [www.LaurieAnderson.com]

COMEDY CORNER: Myq Kaplan’s “Animal Rights & Wrongs” (www.MyqKaplan.com)

MUSIC: Laurie Anderson’s “Bodies In Motion,” Florence & The Machine’s “Dog Days Are Over,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Lou Reed’s “Animal Language”

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About the author
Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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